If you’re dreaming of having a beautiful smile and a life that's free from uncomfortable removable dentures, you're not alone. Nearly 70% of adults from ages 35 to 44 are missing at least one permanent tooth, and 26% of people aged 74 are missing all of them. The good news is that the All-on-4 treatment method can give you a reason to smile again. This dental technology gives you your smile back with replacement teeth that look and function just like natural teeth because they're secured in place with root-like structures.

What is the All-on-4 procedure?

When you get implants using the All-on-4 method, you can avoid going through invasive, expensive and time-consuming bone-grafting that would otherwise be needed to support traditional implant-supported replacement teeth. The All-on-4 procedure uses as few as four dental implants to support a full row of prosthetic teeth. It can be used to replace teeth on the bottom or lower jaw. These implants are strategically placed to engage the existing jaw bone, thus keeping it strong, and the implants share the load of supporting the bridge.

In many cases, you can get your All-on-4 dental implants in just one office appointment; you might have heard this described as "teeth in a day." After having the All-on-4 procedure done using local anesthesia, you get to go home that same day. Your new dental implants can be used right away to support a temporary bridge. You only need to wear the temporary teeth while you wait for your custom-made permanent teeth to be fabricated to fit perfectly over your new dental implants.

The All-on-4 process

Your dentist will customize your treatment plan for you, but in general, the All-on-4 process goes like this:

1. A dentist sees you for a consultation and detailed dental examination

2. Dental imaging will be obtained as needed

3. The dentist creates your implants plan based on your needs

4. The prosthetic teeth are fabricated

5. Oral surgery is performed. This typically takes about three hours per arch.

Benefits of All-on-4

Dental implants are the next best thing to natural teeth. Patients choose to restore their smiles with All-on-4 implants because:

- Little-to-no bone grafting is needed to place the implants securely

- Implants help to stop bone erosion

- You don’t have to take them out to clean them

- They let you chew and taste your favorite foods

- You won't have to worry about embarrassing incidents of dentures falling out

- They're more comfortable than traditional removable dentures

Who is a candidate for All-on-4 treatment?

Anyone who has suffered multiple tooth loss and wants to have a set of replacement teeth that look and feel natural is a potential candidate for All-on-4. If you’re tired of dentures limiting your healthy lifestyle, ask your dentist if the All-on-4 method is for you. This treatment is recommended for people who don’t have enough bone density in their jaw to support a full set of implants without extensive bone grafting. It’s also a less expensive way to gain the many benefits of dental implants.

You don't have to live with missing teeth or struggle with the embarrassment that removable dentures can cause. Talk to a dentist about the All-on-4 treatment method to see if it's right for you.

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